Annika Backstrom
in Games, on 10 January 2006. It is tagged and #world of warcraft.

Screenshot of Ceto hitting level 60

I've finally hit the level cap in World of Warcraft.

Ceto, female human rogue of Uther, is my first Level 60, and hopefully not my last. It's been a long journey. I bought WoW nearly a year ago. The exact date escapes me, but it may have been late March. Several slumps, an enthusiasm for exploration, an unexpected six week hiatus due to a broken motherboard, and real life obligations stretched my time played to nearly 26 days over the course of eight months.

Screenshot of "/played" command

That's an average of 2.5 hours a day, which should give you an idea of this game's deathgrip on my life. (Actually, if I only played 2.5 hours in a sitting, but played every day, I think I would have a much more balanced life.)

I'm glad I finally hit the cap. I intended to hit 60 several times before, as early as mid-December, but in the end I'm glad I did it before the expansion was released. That was my most realistic goal of all. Now the focus of the game changes. Experience points are no longer relevant. Farming a level 20 boar for Light Leather can be as productive as farming a Level 50 skeleton for Runecloth. "Progression," is not restricted by those things that directly translate into experience points. I can go fishing if I feel like it. It's a good feeling.

Bonus link: Apocalypse, my guild. (Yet another website I'm working on.)